Arlington, VA – The team behind a pioneering environmental
TV show is to be presented with this year’s Global Conservation Hero Award,
Conservation International announced today.
The creators of CNN’s Planet in Peril series are to receive the
award – which is given to people and organizations who have demonstrated
commitment and action toward a healthy, secure planet for all people.
Planet in Peril has become a byword for excellence in international
environmental reporting and the reporting team, fronted by Anderson Cooper,
Sanjay Gupta and Lisa Ling, has broken new ground and has helped to take
essential messages to the US public. Also being honored are senior executive
producer David Doss, executive producer Charlie Moore, producer MaryAnne Fox,
photojournalists Neil Hallsworth and Phil Littleton, and editors Carl Graf and
The inaugural recipient of the award in 2005 was World Bank President Jim
Wolfensohn for his work linking conservation to the economic development agenda.
In 2007, Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott accepted the award on behalf of all Wal-Mart
employees for their dedication to the company’s groundbreaking green
CI President Russ Mittermeier said: “The decision to honor CNN’s Planet
in Peril team with the Global Conservation Hero Award reflects the huge
importance of communicating the state of the natural world to a broad public and
recognizes the strength, integrity, and willingness to travel to conflict zones
and other dangerous places to capture vital stories demonstrated by these
journalists and filmmakers.”
“It has become clear that the key to successful conservation is making the
connection that human well-being is intertwined with the health of the planet.
CNN’s Planet in Peril is a true pioneer in the coverage of issues
ranging from conflicts brewing over the scarcity of natural resources to viruses
spread by the bushmeat trade, and has had an enormous impact on getting such a
crucial message to a very important audience.”
The award will be presented at Conservation International’s annual gala in
New York. The event will take place May 21, 2009 in the American Museum of
Natural History’s Hall of Ocean Life.